By Michael Turner
The 17th annual STA-BIL National Championship in Delaware, Ohio, wrapped up the points season for many of the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association chapters.
Racers from all over the United States converged on the Delaware County Fairgrounds over the Labor Day weekend, and the tone was set early for competitive racing.
Pierce Benton wrapped up his Junior Prepared campaign with a dominating performance in the feature. Benton posted the fastest lap (18.66 mph) as well as the overall checkers on his 006 hotrod, posting a time of 6:30.74.1.
Dawn Filos finished second on her 43C machine, three-seconds off the pace. Mariah Peeler finished third on her 97, followed by Lauren Filos and John Michael Bell rounding out the top five.
In the IMOW division, Michael Paccione set the pace all evening as he cruised to the finals victory, beating a hard-charging Wally Bender by .221 seconds.
Chris Vanmaastricht finished third while Pat Sullivan, piloting Benton ride, finished fourth and Steve Winkler fifth to round out the top five.
The Sullivans had the machines to beat in the A/P class as Pete Sullivan posted the fast time on the final lap to edge Pat Sullivan for the feature win.
Joe Pearce finished third, John Iezzattie fourth and Matthew Tucker fifth in the feature.
In the S/P class, Jason Brown drove the fastest machine around the Delaware track, picking up the feature win on his 003 machine.
Kenneth Williams finished second, followed by Wally Bender, Joe Pearce and Jackie Andrews rounding out the top five.
In the C/P class, Pete Sullivan had the mower to beat, beating Rick Eichenberger by over one-half second in the feature.
Robert Ginn posted the fastest speed on the night, topping the chart at 25.557 mph, but mechanical failure found Ginn in the pits at the checkers.
Lee Grover finished third while Don Whitehead and Sam Rogers rounded out the top five finishers.
Jayson Mikula flexed his muscle early in the B/P finals, and went on to win the feature on his No.4 mower.
James Mikula finished second, followed by John Vinka and Jason Brown, who posted the fastest lap on the night at 24.516 miles an hour. Rodney Peeler rounded out the top five.
In the F/X class, Greg Honchell took home the biggest trophy after riding his No.52 around the track for a first-place finish. Matt Tucker finished second, followed by Dan Mongan, Christopher Macri and Robert Sparbal rounding out the top five.